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West Chester University Alumni Tour 2017




 SATURDAY JULY 22, 2017  – SATURDAY JULY 29, 2017

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Very welcome!

I am so excited to invite you for an EIGHT-day Mission Vision Tour to South Africa. From the top of Table Mountain, to the shores of Robben Island; from working shoulder to shoulder for three days with a colleague in your own professional field to a game drive at Mongena Lodge; from watching the oceans at the most south-western tip of Africa to halls of the Apartheid Museum, this tour is exceptional in every way!

What can you expect?

  • Stimulating discussions and interactions with professional colleagues on the African continent
  • Hours filled with South African scenery, wild animals, history and contact with our wonderful local people
  • Very affordable rates


Everything concerning the South African part of the trip is included (as per the itinerary) PLUS the domestic air ticket from Cape Town to Johannesburg

  • Per person sharing: $1,750
  • Single Occupancy: $2,000

Payment Schedule:

  • October 2016 – $250
  • December 2016 – $500
  • February 2017 – $500
  • April 2017 – $500

Information package:

Send your name and email to Deon Kitching


You have the opportunity and freedom to make your own flight arrangements. This means you can fly via Europe; arrive earlier or depart later.

If you need Mission Vision Tours assistance, we can get you in touch with travel agents who will secure the best deals



(For example):  Group members can fly out of New York, JFK, at 10h30 to arrive approx 12h15 the next day in Cape Town.

SATURDAY JULY 22, 2017 – DAY 1

Meeting at Cape Town Airport, Table Mountain, Camps Bay, sunset Signal Hill

The whole group meets at Cape Town International Airport at 13h00 at the Information Kiosk on the ground level.

  • Typical African singers and dancers will welcome the group. Time for singing and dancing, we are glad you are in Africa!
  • Light lunch on the bus
  • Visit Table Mountain, the 7th wonder of the world and take the cable car to the top of the mountain
  • Enjoy a scenic drive along the Twelve Apostles road and watch the sunset from Signal Hill
  • Check in at your hotel
  • Supper: Welcome supper

(lunch and supper included)

SUNDAY JULY 23, 2017 – DAY 2

Green Point Promenade Bicycle Experience, Simon’s Town, Penguins at the Boulders, swim in the Indian Ocean, Cape Point Nature Reserve and Cape of Good Hope

  • 08:00 – 09: Breakfast at your hotel
  • 09:00 – 10:00 Green Point Promenade Bicycle Experience
  • Penguin Colony – the Boulders Simon’s Town
  • Swim in the Indian Ocean
  • Lunch included
  • Cape Point Nature Reserve Curio “shops” next to the road at the entrance gate to Cape Point    Drop of at hotel – 18:00
  • Supper: Evening free. Go out on your own for supper at the V&A Waterfront

(breakfast and lunch included)

 MONDAY JULY 24, 2017 – DAY 3

Experience District Six and the Homecoming Museum, spent time with Mary Burton and Robben Island on-site tour.

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Visit to District Six Museum, where the forced removals under the apartheid regime took place in the sixties.
  • Conversation with Noor Abrahams, one of the residents of early District 6. Listen to his stories (this is storytelling!); relaxed and filled with District Six colloquialisms and jokes while relating a personal experience of apartheid and forced removals.
  • Lunch
  • Presentation and conversation with Mary Burton from the Truth- and Reconciliation  Commission and Black Sash
  • Leave for the Nelson Mandela pier to Robben Island – Cape Town V&A Waterfront
  • Boat ride to Robben Island, Guided Tour of the island by an ex-prisoner, visit the museums
  • Late afternoon; check-in at your guest house
  • Supper: Typical South Africa cuisine
  • Overnight: guest house

(three meals included)

TUESDAY JULY 25, 2017 – DAY 4

Day 1 with the company/institution of your choice; typical South African BBQ (braai)

  • Breakfast at your guest house
  • Introductions at your “workplace” for the next three days
  • Spend day 1 at the company/institution of your choice
  • Evening: Debriefing at your guest house
  • Supper: Typical South Africa BBQ (braai)
  • Overnight: guest house

(three meals included)


Day 2 with the company/institution of your choice; wine tasting

  •  Breakfast at your guest house
  • Spend your 2nd day at the company/institution of your choice
  • Program for the day – as per your own agreements with the company
  • Evening: wine tasting and chocolate pairing for the group at the guest house
  • Supper: at  your guest house
  • Overnight: guest house

(three meals included)

THURSDAY JULY 27, 2017 – DAY 6

Day 3 with the company/institution of your choice; fly to Johannesburg

  • Breakfast at your guest house
  • Spend your 3rd day at the company/institution of your choice
  • Program for the day – as per your own agreement with the company
  • Evening: fly to Johannesburg
  • Supper: at the airport – for your own account
  • Overnight: Mongena Lodge

(breakfast and lunch included)

FRIDAY JULY 28, 2017 – DAY 7

Game Drives at Mongena Lodge, African Drumming Experience, Relax at Mongena Game Lodge

  • Breakfast at Mongena Lodge
  • Mongena: Morning Game Drive
  • Bush Walk (optional – for your own account)
  • Lunch – Mongena
  • African Drumming Experience
  • Mongena: Afternoon Game Drive
  • Supper – Mongena
  • Accommodation: Mongena Game Lodge

(three meals included)

SATURDAY JULY 29, 2017 – DAY 8

Leave Mongena Game Lodge, visit the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, Soweto Tour, and drop off OR Tambo Airport Airport

  • Breakfast at Mongena Game Lodge
  • Apartheids Museum (morning). The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story.
  • Lunch at Robbies in Soweto
  • Soweto tour (with our tour guide Queen Malefane); stop at Regina Mundi Church; Hector Peterson Museum; the FNB soccer stadium where the finals of the 2010 Soccer World Cup was played; visit Vilakazi Street where Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu once lived.
  • Late afternoon – drop off at O R Tambo airport in Johannesburg for your flight back to the USA

(breakfast and lunch included)

Deon Kitching

CEO Mission Vision Tours


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Jason and Loren_nLoren Kerns (right) with Jason Clark (center)

Dr Loren Kerns, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, George Fox Seminary, Portland, Oregon

We had the pleasure of working with Deon and MVT Sept 23-Oct. 1, 2014. We brought nearly 60  Leadership and Global Perspectives Doctor of Ministry students, advisors, and family members for the annual ‘Advance‘ face-to-face learning intensive in Cape Town (see photos).

What was by all accounts a smashing success and Deon was an important part of that outcome. He worked closely with us to identify and invite high level guest lecturers from church, NGO and government sources, focusing especially on the legacy of apartheid. He also handled the food, lodging, and local transport logistics.

With 60 adult learner coming from locations across the US and around the world, at varying times (before, during, and following), the complexities were enormous. MVT handled it beautifully and at a very reasonable price.



Recommendation: Dr Kenda Creasy Dean, Princeton

We came to Mission Vision Tours as a group of seminarians and youth pastors studying reconciliation and young people.  Without question, Mission Vision Tours offered a glimpse of South Africa that would not have been possible with a regular travel agency.

Key to this was Rev. Kitching’s personal credibility with South African leaders themselves, and his deep familiarity with–and affection for–people from many cultural contexts in South Africa.  Yes, we got to see lions and elephants  and museums too.  But in addition to extraordinary sites known around the world, our group met with courageous South Africans whose witness during the apartheid years is now chronicled in museums and history books–and we met with them “on location.”

We met with leaders in the HIV crisis, who have given their lives to the health and well-being of children. We got to see South Africa behind-the-scenes, visit places most tours don’t touch, participate in local ministries and meet with nationally known figures and local community leaders.  We got to “shadow” local pastors for a few days, and learn from South African young people themselves.

Rev. Kitching made sure our students were both safe and challenged, customizing the trip for our budget and our particular educational goals. I am confident that our students received a quality of experience that they could not have received anywhere else.  It was a life-changing two weeks.Kenda Creasy Dean,  Professor of Youth, Church and Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary.


10 years of close interaction – Recommendation by John Bourisseauclick here

I had the opportunity to tour with Deon in 2003.

The experience was life changing. Deon introduced us to a number of opportunities to support local efforts, as well as, introducing us to the magnificence of the South African countryside and culture.

We chose to support a student at Nederburg School in Paarl. Our family all got involved, and we continue to be in contact, and assist him, as he continues to try and find work as a young adult.

Last year, on a return trip to SA, my son and I were able meet and talk with our student–a very powerful experience. We are thankful to Deon for creating this opportunity of hope for our family and for a young man in Paarl.

John Bourisseau writes on Facebook:
Jonathan in Cape Town with Anwil Valentine. Anwil attended Nederburg Primary in Paarl, SA. Our family helped him starting in 2003 and we have kept in touch with him since he graduated.

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